I moved into position on this Laughing Gull because I saw it bathing in the water and knew it would probably give a good wing flap in a short while. Sure enough a few moments later it flapped its wings to dry off and I got this shot. It was somewhat of a quick grab shot as I was already walking back to my kayak to leave the area so I didn't dial my settings in perfectly and with a bit slower shutter speed of 1/500 I got some blur in the wings, which I do like so I got lucky there. Thankfully I got the exposure just right and it gave me all the detail I wanted in the sun. I always love shooting this location at sunset, it's almost always so humid in the summer that the sun turns into this lovely glowing ball on the horizon and I am able to get great shots like this.
• Location: Central New Jersey shore
• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4
• ISO: 180 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
• Camera: Nikon D4s